Next Gen 2019

Next Gen 2019: Mollie Dronson

Founder, @PhillyFoodies

Mollie Dronson


Age: 26

Mollie Dronson’s dual affinity for Instagram and dining out took a productive turn in the summer of 2014, when she launched an account dedicated to appetizing images from Philadelphia area restaurants. “The followers kept growing and growing,” says Dronson, who initially didn’t tell anyone she was behind @PhillyFoodies. “Everything is organic, which I think is super important.”

With little fanfare, Dronson has amassed an impressive 95,000-plus followers. “When people come to my page, they know that these are original photos, and they know it’s food I’ve tried,” says Dronson, who grew up in Lafayette Hill. “So when they ask my opinion, I can give an honest [answer].”

Dronson’s continued success now lands her invites to restaurant previews and private events throughout the region. But she is careful not to call herself a critic. “Everything is pretty much how the food looks like when it comes out, which I think is another important part of taking these candid photos,” she says. “I’m not trying to stage it or make it look super crazy.”

Dronson also works full time as a digital media strategist at Harmelin Media in Bala Cynwyd, and she co-founded City Chew with fellow influencer Lauren Carroll. “We do content creation and social media management,” says Dronson. “Our focus is really on producing consistent, engaging high-quality images for these restaurants’ feeds.”

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